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Clinton's Medicare buy-in concept revives debate on public option

Clinton's Medicare buy-in concept revives debate on public option

By Harris Meyer  |  May 12, 2016

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton unexpectedly revived the idea of letting Americans in their 50s buy into Medicare as a way of reducing their premiums and out-of-pocket costs. But how viable is that proposal?

Slavitt promises flexibility, mindfulness during MACRA implementation

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 11, 2016

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt emphasized a commitment to working with providers as the new Medicare reimbursement system is implemented. House lawmakers said small-group and solo practitioners are concerned the model will push them out of business or into larger groups.

The missing patient voice in value-based care

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 10, 2016

Regulators are trying to improve and speed up feedback from doctors and patients as providers prepare to implement more value-based payment models such as the new Medicare reimbursement system for physicians.

Commercial insurance margins offset rising Medicare losses

Commercial insurance margins offset rising Medicare losses

By Dave Barkholz  |  May 07, 2016

As hospital margins on traditional fee-for-service Medicare patients plunged deeper into the red, cost-cutting at hospitals has allowed many to make up those losses from their commercially insured clientele.

CMS preps Medicaid agencies on MACRA ID change

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 06, 2016

The CMS has started making biweekly calls to state Medicaid agencies to ensure that their information technology systems are ready to handle the 60 million new identification cards the agency is preparing to send out to Medicare beneficiaries, including those dually eligible for both Medicaid and...

What Medicare pays doctors for services and drugs

What Medicare pays doctors for services and drugs

By Gregg Blesch , Art Golab and Dave Barkholz  |  May 06, 2016

In the third round of what's now an annual event, the CMS posted a huge data set that breaks down how much Medicare paid individual physicians, diagnostic labs, ambulance services and other companies.

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